Anna Sophie Dauenhauer & Lukas Maria Kuen
Anna Sophie Dauenhauer and Lukas Maria Kuen first performed together in 2008 and they are hailed by critics since for their lyrical sensitivity, technical mastery, passionate performances and unusual programming. After the discovery of Philippe Gaubert´s "Quatre Esquisses" in a Parisian antique music store which turned out to be not yet recorded, they released their highly acclaimed Debut CD "Extase"(Thorofon) in 2013 with the World Premiere of these pieces, along with a German premiere of Gabriel Pierné´s violin sonata and the A major violin sonata by Gabriel Fauré. In 2015 their second CD "Inspiration"(Thorofon) with sonatas by Pfitzner and Busoni followed which also attracted critical acclaim.
In March 2019 the duo releases their third CD „Dreamer“ with Coviello Classics. Being an advocate for Max Reger, works on this recording include his last violin sonata, as well as three songs by the composer in an adaption of the duo for violin and piano. One of the songs, „Frühlingsmorgen“ has been recorded for the first time on this CD. The late-romantic Reger is coupled with two early Schubert sonatas which belong to the duo‘s favourite classical repertoire.
Lukas Maria Kuen has established an extremely distinguished and wide ranging career as a concert pianist. Having formed duo partnerships with many distinguished artists, he also enjoys orchestral playing and has been a member of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks since 2010 and in 2015 he has been invited to perform as a soloist with them. He is also under demand as a pedagogue and as such is on the faculty at the Academy of Music and Theatre, Munich.
He studied in Munich, graduating in piano, song recital accompaniment and chamber music under the tutorage of Michael Schäfer (piano) and Helmut Deutsch (song accompaniment). During the completion of his studies he attended masterclasses with Irwin Gage, Klaus Schilde, András Schiff and Menahem Pressler. In addition to his position held in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, he also works regularly as an orchestral pianist with the Bamberg Symphony and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras.
Having established himself as a fine accompanist as well as orchestral musician he was appointed ‘Official Accompanist’ at the acclaimed ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Lukas Maria Kuen has also won recognition and prizes in several competitions, including ‘Prize for Best Pianist Achievement’ in the 2003 International Competition Franz Schubert and the Modern Music competition in Graz, Austria. He was awarded First Prize at the 2002 International Max Reger Competition, Weiden (1st prize and Audience Prize), the 2003 Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for Modern Chamber Music, the 2004 Alice Samter Competition for piano trio in Berlin, and at the 2000 Salomon Lindberg Competition Berlin (best song accompaniment).